ALERT! In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, CMS has released COVID-19 Focused Survey Protocol Training for Long Term Care and Non-Long Term Care.
Surveyors must be logged in to receive credit for completion. Public learners can access COVID-19 training via direct links below:

Long Term Care | Non-Long Term Care

Training Information

Training Offering Overview

Training Name: Outpatient Physical Therapy/Outpatient Speech Language Pathology Services Basic Training (OPT/OSP)

Activity Code: 0CMSOPTOSP_ONL

Training Description: The OPT Basic Online Training course will provide participants with a solid foundation in the skills and knowledge required to be an effective OPT/OSP surveyor. During the course, participants will be provided with learning opportunities that will aid in the development of their OPT/OSP surveyor expertise.

Target Audience: All surveyors and reviewers who currently conduct or review OPT/OSP surveys. This course may also be taken by experienced surveyors who are adding the OPT/OSP provider type to their list of survey responsibilities and current OPT/OSP surveyors taking the course as a refresher.
Course Duration: 24 Hours


  1. Introduction to Surveying for Non-Long Term Care OR BHFS—Basic Health Facility Surveyor—Introduction to Surveying for Long Term Care (includes Resident Assessment Instrument Minimum Data Set 3.0)
  2. Electronic Code of Federal Regulations Simulation
  3. Survey & Certification Policy Memo Navigation Simulation
  4. State Operations Manual Navigation Simulation
  5. Principles of Documentation for Non-Long Term Care OR Principles of Documentation for Non-Long Term Care OR Principles of Documentation for Long Term Care OR Principles of Documentation for Life Safety Code
  6. Basic Writing Skills for Survey Staff
  7. Foundational Investigative Skills

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